Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia playNew way to play Android Games

Maybe Sony Xperia Play is gaming phone which is you’ll waiting for along time. Besides offering Android device flexibility, PLAY also offers Playstation certificate gaming buttons which is give console experience in a mobile device.


119.0 × 62.0 × 16.0 mm, Side-slider form, 175 gram

Similar with previous Xperia, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play makes with minimize design with curvature on backcover. Rear side dominates with one color and glossy material. Enclosed with two metallic parts and in front side dominates by screen with a little glossy material surround it.

This device has side slider, when we move it “drawer” part, controller as in Playstation will appear reminding us in PSP Go format but slimmer. It has Playstation default button such as box, cross, triangle and circle, direction button, start, select, option and two analog touch pad.
The backs L and R button in Xperia Play on the same part, but hide by screen part which is move out.

As a cell phone, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play not light and slim, but for console game (if you think as it)Xperia Play is light. No physical keyboard in here, because for input text, PLAY depends on screen.


TFT 16 million color, 854 x 480 pixel, 4 inches
Sony Ericsson probably not mention display technology used on xperia Play, but we can says that it has same technology with Arc. It means, already convenience for eyes but has problem in power usage and Android software development.

For screen diagonal, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play already good as console and mobile device. As comparing, PSP GO only using 3.8 inches screen plus Xperia Play screen using responsive an capacitive touch screen giving wider gameplay experience.

Unfortunately comparing with other “gaming” mobile device, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has less powerful resolution.

Operating system and Supporting Software

Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, Timescape, Playstation Pocket, Xperia Play, Office Suit

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play use Android Gingerbread as their operating system. Good for user also for games developer, a lot thing can do by Gingerbred developer in Xperia PLAY such as native input and native sound (Open SL).

Next, we had UI addition from Sony Ericsson, in Xperia we can find Timescape, mediascape and others. Exclusive for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play it accompanied with Playstation pocket which is application for arrange Playsation 1 games and playing it in Xperia Play. There has been no information that later we can add ROM PS1 from PC or buy it through online store.

It has “Xperia Play” application which is display games and compatible games shop with Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. We can play games on online shopping through this application.


Default games: Bruce Lee, Fifa 10, NFL 10, Star Battalion HD, the SIMs 3, Playstaion Pocket: Crash Bandicoot

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play not a PSP with cellular technology, at least until this review has made Sony don’t have PSP game to play in Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. They are really different console.

Even from hardware specification Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is better than PSP, right now Xperia Play still used to play Android based games with mapping button system in Playstation. For next season Android game developer ready to develop exclusive only for PLAY but not in PSP format.

It’s promising if develop special for playstation button on Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, this device will be new Sony Ericsson console. Unfortunately it has little bothering gaps when opening games, something that already missing from portable console.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Default Game (Preinstalled):

  • Bruce Lee
    Best Sony Ericsson Xperia Play games from five default games, not from graphic side because iPhone games has better graphic from this game. But from gameplay side, it has fits mapping button and great experience play it.
  • FIFA 10It’s an Android version for FIFA 10 with some control improvement. You still can control it through touch screen. It has less Graphic and gameplay.
  • NFL 10
    These American football games are similar with FIFA10. which is an Android version with mapping button.
  • Star Battalion HDGood graphic and interesting gameplay. We can say it as second place for best game in Xperia Play.
  • The SIMS 3
    Playing this game more convenience using touch screen, similar with others this is an Android game.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Game Playstation Pocket (Preinstalled):

  • Crash Bandicoot
    Naughty Dog games from 1996 were Playstation 1 games you’ll find in Xperia Play. This is a perfect game fits with Playstation button on PLAY, but it’s graphic quality and screen oriented less optimize for Xperia Play screen.


Lithium Polymer 1500 mAh

As android phone which is needs data synchronize via HSDPA and Wifi lane and had wide touch screen make Sony Ericsson Xperia Play needs big power. Also as game portable console, PLAY needs big power to support GPU and other parameter performance which is support a game.

These two things are difficult to combine, meanwhile Sony Ericsson only provide 1500 mAh battery capacity. Being realistic, battery power supply less optimizes for supporting these function simultaneous. To overcome these problems, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play provides a cradle.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, this device display unique UI when connecting to cradle. You’ll can use it as digital clock, digital photo frame or music player.

Other features

HSDPA, 5 megapixel camera, HD video recorder, 512 MB RAM, 1 GHz Snapdragon, Adreno 205 GPU

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Conclusion

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is advance Android gaming mobile device. Beside with new Android OS and complete connection support. It also support with Playstation button.

Software readiness from Sony is great but fact that develop game still in Android format sounds less exclusive for this exclusive device. We’ll see.

The advantage and disadvantage from Sony Ericsson Xperia Play


  • Playstation buttons.
  • Playstation pocket for PSOne compatible
  • Android Gingerbread.
  • 5 MP camera with complete features and Video HD.
  • Bravia engine screen
  • Complete connection.


  • Lavish battery
  • Without PSP compatibility.
  • Without physical keyboard.
  • Dual touch “thumb” pad has less “analog feels”.

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